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STEM Learning Ecosystems Selects STEM City to Join National Initiative and Receive Support to Build

Wednesday, May 31, 2017  
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Contact: Brigid Dineen, Executive Director
bdineen@flagstaffstemcity.com

Mindy Bell, STEM Coordinator
mindy@flagstaffstemcity.com

Claire LaBeaux
STEM Learning Ecosystems (National Initiative)
claire@prclaire.com
925-337-0244

STEM Funders Network to support STEM City in collaborations that impact youth from preschool through college and engage students during and after school

(Flagstaff, AZ – May 25, 2017) – STEM City has been selected to join the STEM Learning Ecosystems national initiative to make a significant impact on STEM education and workforce development. As announced at the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference today, Flagstaff is one of 17 regional Ecosystems added to the national Initiative, which now encompasses 54 communities.

In just two years, the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative has become a thriving network of hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals, joined in regional partnerships with the objective of collaborating in new and creative ways to increase equity, quality and STEM learning outcomes for all youth. “It’s so important to consider the entire continuum of education,” said STEM Learning Ecosystem co-chairs Gerald Solomon, Executive Director, Samueli Foundation, and Ron Ottinger, Director of STEM Next. “The growing Community of Practice shares ideas and best practices for innovative learning that will benefit students’ individual development and prepare them for the demands of the 21st century workforce.”

STEM City was selected to be one of 17 incoming ecosystem communities because of a demonstrated commitment to cross-sector collaborations in schools and beyond the classroom—in afterschool and summer programs, at home, with local business and industry partners, and in science centers, libraries and other places both virtual and physical. As STEM Ecosystems evolve, students will be able to connect what is learned in and out of school with real-world opportunities.

“STEM City has made successful connections and created impactful programming for close to five years, due to the initial and ongoing work of Coordinator Mindy Bell, our dedicated Board of Directors and our partners. Inclusion in the STEM Learning Ecosystems National Initiative will allow us to expand these efforts and move Flagstaff as a STEM City to the next level,” said STEM City Executive Director, Brigid Dineen. “STEM Ecosystems provides technical assistance and infrastructure support so that we can tailor quality STEM learning opportunities to our specific needs in Flagstaff while leveraging the experience of similar alliances across the country.”

Members of the Flagstaff STEM Learning Ecosystem include the entire STEM Community from our initial consortium of leaders in business and education, to our present connections with hundreds of individuals, pre K-12 schools, Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College, businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Past and present supporters were critical to STEM City’s selection into the national initiative; Northern Arizona University, Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance (NALA), City of Flagstaff and BBB revenues, Science Foundation of Arizona (SFAz), Arizona Community Foundation, Flagstaff Arts Council, NARBHA Institute and Arizona Public Services (APS).

Learn more about the national initiative at stemecosystems.org. Address specific questions to info@stemecosystems.org. Join online conversations on Twitter @STEMecosystems and #STEMecosystems and on Facebook.

Join Flagstaff’s STEM City at www.flagstaffstemcity.com and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/flagstaffscienceconnection), on Twitter @flagstemcity, and on Instagram @flagstaff_stem_city.

About the STEM Funders Network: The STEM Funders Network brings together grantmakers working in STEM to learn from one another, leverage their collective resources and collaborate on high-impact projects they could not undertake alone. The vision of the STEM Funders Network is that all students should have equal opportunity to engage in high-quality STEM learning experiences that will enhance their ability to succeed in a STEM career or other chosen path.

See http://www.stemfundersnetwork.org STEM Ecosystems funding and local supporting members of the STEM Funders Network include: Amgen Foundation, Broadcom Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York, KDK-Harman Foundation, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Overdeck Family Foundation, Pinkerton Foundation, Samueli Foundation, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Simons Foundation, Steinman Foundation, STEM Next (Supported by the Noyce Foundation), and Tiger Woods Foundation. ###

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